Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Personal luxury — Greenpoint to make their first 777 flying yacht

Now it's possible to own a personal Boeing 777, the jet that is becoming the flagship of the Boeing commercial fleet.
Kirkland-based Greenpoint Technologies has landed a contract to install a luxury interior in a Boeing 777-200LR, the first time the company will convert Boeing’s largest twinjet for a private buyer.
The work is to be completed at Greenpoint’s wide-body hangar in Moses Lake, Washington. The jet is to arrive there in early 2016. Such conversions can cost upwards of $100 million.

The Boeing 777-200LR is the longest-range version of the model, able to fly more than 17 hours nonstop with a full load of passengers.
Greenpoint won’t say who is buying the jet, standard practice in the world of VIP aircraft.
“It’s an honor to be selected for this prestigious 777 VIP completion program. Greenpoint’s focus on wide-body aircraft makes this program a fantastic opportunity to showcase our unsurpassed capabilities,” said Greenpoint CEO Scott Goodey, in a statement. “The Boeing 777-200LR offers an ideal platform for a VIP interior.”
This first conversion likely will open the door to future luxury conversions of Boeing’s newest big jet, the re-engined and larger 777-9, once that becomes available five years from now.
Greenpoint already designs and builds yacht-like interiors for Boeing 747s and 787s, the other two wide-body jets Boeing builds.
Greenpoint was acquired in June 2014, by Zodiac Aerospace, of France. Greenpoint employs 450, and is one of the largest aerospace companies in Kirkland.
In addition to creating fancy interiors for private aircraft, Greenpoint also is know for inventions such as an elevator from the ground for 747-8s, and sleeping quarters for personal crews.
(Steve Wilhelm - Puget Sound Business Journal)

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